Twelve Planet author Deborah Biancotti guests at Lisa Hannett’s Tuesday Therapy blog and shares some advice about writing.
Run your own race.
You’re a writer, so I’m just going to assume you’ll be hearing a lot of advice about how and when and what to write. This will often appear be based on your success/pending success/unlikehood of success as perceived by the advisor – or it may just be random. Something you’ve come across online, say. Either way, you may find yourself tempted to take it to heart. ‘Oh, I’m not talented or disciplined or smart enough, I’m too derivative to be respected or too lyrical to be popular.’ You know. Stuff like that.
But here’s what you have to remember:
You’re running your own race.
This means you set the pace & the direction. YOU do. Both. Pace AND direction.